A crowd of about 50 people gathered outside of the Thompson Center downtown on Tuesday rallying to hold legislators responsible for not passing common sense gun laws. Rev. Michael Pfleger and members of his congregation at the Faith Community of St. Sabin
A crowd of about 50 people gathered outside of the Thompson Center downtown on Tuesday rallying to hold legislators responsible for not passing common sense gun laws. Rev. Michael Pfleger and members of his congregation at the Faith Community of St. Sabina handed out flyers to passersby and held placards that read in bold letters “Save Our Children: Stop the Gun Flow.”áThe rally ensued after the recent killings of teens that took place over the weekend and early this week.
“We’re here because we refuse to become immune to the killing of our children,” Pfleger said. “There is no value on life. We’re here because we refuse to just get used to our children dying instead of going out and pursuing their dreams. And we also are here because we refuse to let legislators off the hook for not passing common sense gun laws.”
Pfleger announced that St. Sabina would be offering a $5,000 reward for those who provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a person selling guns.
“We want to put every gun seller in this city on notice,” he said. “We’re coming after you, and we put out these rewards because we want to expose and put you behind bars because we deserve to stop having these guns coming into our neighborhoods.”
Patricia Brown, whose young daughter died last year after being shot in the neck, spoke at the rally, saying that her daughter’s killer has yet to be caught.
“It is ridiculous that we are losing our children everyday. What more can we ask for? There will be no more children because there are no common sense laws. We are fighting for these gun laws.”
State Senator Jackie Collins, D- 16th, also showed her support, saying that state lawmakers will continue to fight for and advocate for common sense gun laws to help prevent the killings of youth.